Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chester and the Bandit

What a Thursday morning this turned out to be! Let me fill you in before I get to the good stuff.

My Pappy has a farm down the road from where I live. On this farm live barn kitties. I've been taught since I was a pup that I'm not allowed to chase the barn kitties. I've also been taught early on that I am not allowed to eat from the kitty food pans. They get not only real kitty chow that the 2 leggers buy for them but they also get yummy leftovers that Mom and Dad keep in the 'fridge in a special bucket. Barn kitties are a good thing-they keep rodents like mice and rats away. Mice and rats-YES.

Raccoons-NO. The last week or so a night visitor has been showin' up and makin' a mess with the kitty food pans. This visitor has also got into the turkey food that my Uncle Terry stores in the barn. And sorry to say, the night before last, one of the kittens had a run-in with this visitor and did not fare well. I'll say no more about that.

Dad and Uncle Terry decided it was time to take action. They set a trap for this visitor. Guess who showed up again last night? Not to worry-it is a "live" trap. No-silly dog! The trap is not "live", this means that whatever happens to step inside, is not killed. So what does one do with a live raccoon? Supposedly it is wise to take them at least 5 miles away so that they don't find their way back into your area and cause more trouble.

So Dad left for work early so that he could take him to a nice area that might keep him happy. I think he said something about a woods with a creek runnin' thru it. Before he did, Mom was able to snap a couple pictures of him. He was breathin' pretty hard and seemed quite unhappy about the situation he found himself in.

WARNING: It pretty much scared the poop outta him too. So if you are of weak stomach, this might not be an area your eyes should dwell on.

Chester's Mom: One may take note that Big Brown is not in any of these pictures.

Chester: I noticed! Whassup with that?

Chester's Mom: Don't you think the poor little raccoon has been through enough stress without you showin' up?

Chester: Maybe so. But I coulda saved you the trouble - and the gas - of takin' him 5 miles away. And by the time winter rolled around you coulda had yourself a nice raccoon hat to wear to keep your noggin warm.

Chester's Mom: My loss, I suppose, but I'll survive. Trust me.

Chester: Yeah, I guess there's no sense heatin' an empty house.

Chester ;0=)


Holly said...

Wow, Big Brown between the two of us, our Have a Heart traps have been getting a real work out. One grey squirrel, 16 chipmunks in ours and now yours with a young racoon!

I'm sorry to hear that one of the kittens didn't survive the bad end of the 'coon. That's a shame.

And, this guy needs to go where he can't do more harm!

Hugs to you Brownie. Even when I can't see you, I can feel you circling and hugging!

Life With Dogs said...

I'm with Chester. I was hoping we'd get a chance to play Davy Crockett!

Kori said...

So sad about the little kitty. You may want to take him 6 miles just to be safe.

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

That's a beautiful raccoon! He would be a great friend for you Chester! :)

P.S.:Sorry, we have not been around much, but we are back!

Nika + PARKER said...

is 5 miles far enough??? LOL

Pedro said...


Huh! Our have-a-heart trap caught 2 kittens last week! We're trying to catch the mother but no luck yet... Glad you didn't hurt the bandit.


cubbieduke said...

Wow! Great to see a humane way of trapping that raccoon Chester, well done dude. Sorry about your kitty.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

When Mom lived down the street, she had a have-a-heart khritter khatcher...she got 'possums, bunnies, and the prey she was going fur Gus The Groundhog!

I'm sorry woo didn't get to say HI to Rokhky!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

And she just remembered:

skunks too!

Nibbles Treats said...

We can't believe we're about to say this, but poor kitty. Our mom saw one of these guys the other night - his little masked face looking at her at a party she was at. They are so troublesome!

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker


Hey chester..

he looks fun to me! you didn't get to chase him??? mom is always so sensible... boring. It would have been a good hunting stat.


Ms. ~K said...

Yo Chester,
We had a visitor on our deck last week that even you wouldn't want a piece of....a big black bear...
So glad you spared the raccoon's life.

Oz Girl said...

Wow. A raccoon. So sorry about the lil kittie. Poor kittie. :-(

But still glad you took the raccoon far, far away, instead of killing him.

Ringo sez hi.... well, he would say hi, I'm sure, but he's napping right now... with his head against the doorframe, his favorite napping position. Funny dog, that Ringo.

Team 3 Dawg Flite said...

Oh Chester, I'm glad your mom and dad didn't let you have at that raccoon. One came up in our yard one day, and it turned out to be rabid! I wouldn't want my buddy hurt by a rabid raccoon. Let's just stick to the squirrels and cats and stuff like that and leave those ole yucky raccoons alone. Love, Sally

Budrow Wilson Spain said...

Chester you could have taken it no problem! You are one big tough fella and that silly little thing wouldn't have stood a chance! Next time Chester, me and you are going hunting!

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